Barista Resume Examples and Templates for 2023

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Derek Holmes
(123) 456-7890 | [email protected] | 123 Main Street, Raleigh, NC 27513


Courteous Barista committed to providing high-quality customer experiences. Skilled in developing new methods for producing various coffee-based drinks. Focused on discovering sustainable business practices to promote eco-friendliness and waste reduction.

Key Skills

  • Coffee Bean & Grounds Quality Control
  • Efficiency Improvement
  • French Press Operation & Repair
  • Task Timing & Sequencing
  • Team Management & Scheduling

Professional Experience

Assistant Manager, Maggie’s Coffeehouse, Greensboro, NC | September 2020 to Present

  • Oversee 20 baristas and serve as shift leader for up to 5 team members
  • Manage $10K annual budget for equipment procurement


  • Started a recycling program that reduced plastic waste by 50%

Barista, Downtown Cafe, Durham, NC | June 2019 to August 2020

  • Greeted customers and curated daily music playlist to promote a positive cafe experience
  • Processed register transactions
  • Completed all store open and close duties
  • Maintained a clean workspace per all safety standards and regulations


  • Created a specialized sugar-free beverage that accounted for 5% of total monthly sales


Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nutrition & Foods, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC | 2019

Mariam Hassan
(876) 567-8765 | [email protected] | 432 Second Avenue, Annapolis, MD 76543


Barista with 8 years’ experience creating bespoke beverages in leading coffee houses. Confident leader skilled at putting complex preparation protocols in clear terms for team members. Thrive in a dynamic, customer-focused work environment. Committed to ongoing education about new preparation methods and technologies.

Professional Experience

Barista, Ceremony Coffee Roasters, Annapolis, MD | September 2017 to Present

  • Prepare various hot and iced coffees, following detailed specifications
  • Help onboard and train ~15 new hires per year
  • Maintain a spotless food and beverage preparation area
  • Greet customers and recommend drink options based on their stated preferences and dietary needs


  • Achieved a 5-star customer satisfaction rating in 2020 and 2021

Barista, Starbucks, Annapolis, MD | July 2013 to September 2017

  • Prepared complex coffee orders in a fast-paced environment
  • Monitored and documented inventory, placing replenishment orders to ensure availability
  • Answered customer questions by phone and in-person, drawing on detailed product knowledge to advise on potential allergens


  • Reduced customer wait times by ~20% in 3 years
  • Member of 5-person team that surpassed 50% of productivity goals in 2015 and 2016


Associate of Arts – Hospitality, Dr. Wallace E. Boston School of Business, Charles Town, WV | 2013

Key Skills

  • Customer Relations & Service
  • Food Safety & Sanitation
  • Latte Art
  • Milk Texturing
  • Sensory Cup Technology
  • Staff Training & Mentoring
  • Task Timing & Sequencing


Specialty Coffee Association Professional Diploma | 2017

Marvin Francis
(123) 454-3212 | [email protected] | 432 Third Road, Wilmington, DE 65432


Lead Barista skilled at motivating staff through meaningful reward and recognition programs. Maximize efficiency and service quality by cultivating staff members’ individual strengths. Broad knowledge of hot and iced coffee preparation standards and presentation methods. Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish.

Professional Experience

Lead Barista, Starbucks, Wilmington, DE | July 2016 to Present

  • Set new staffing strategy that raised store productivity 40%+ in 3 years
  • Introduced a staff reward and recognition system that improved retention by 80%+ in 2019
  • Developed a professional development course to boost team members’ understanding of beverage preparation core standards
  • Led a 12-person team to more actively promote the chain’s special offers, growing sales by ~30% YoY

Barista, Sweet Nel’s, Wilmington, DE | July 2008 to July 2016

  • Promptly and accurately processed cash and card transactions using POS system
  • Followed detailed written preparation instructions to ensure consistent order quality and flavor, earning a 99.2% customer satisfaction score
  • Upsold store’s take-home coffee blends and cups, consistently ranking in the top 10% for add-on sales revenue
  • Performed routine cleaning tasks and sanitized espresso machine parts, per company and state food hygiene standards


Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Hospitality Management, Delaware Technical Community College, Wilmington, DE | 2008

Key Skills

  • Customer Service & Relations
  • Food & Beverage Hygiene
  • Performance Management
  • Promotional Upselling
  • Staff Training & Development


Specialty Coffee Association Professional Diploma | 2014


Fluency in Spanish

Tips for Writing a Better Barista Resume

Pare back your description of non-coffee related jobs

Although you must outline your recent work history on your resume, you don’t have to nor should you give more than basic details on any job that doesn’t pertain to your current goals. Keep this tip in mind when drafting your Experience section, so you don’t type out long descriptions of jobs that won’t speak to your target employers.

For any jobs you’ve held outside a coffee shop, often a great strategy is to focus your description on the transferable “soft skills” you gained there that now complement your overall skill set.

Example: Receptionist, LMN Incorporated, Philadelphia, PA | May 2019 to June 2020

  • Consistently praised for strong efficiency and customer relations in a fast-paced environment.

Drop the phrase “strong communication skills”

Communication skills are key to success as a barista. But when you put a phrase like “strong verbal and written communications skills” on your resume, it fails to impress hiring managers. That’s because (a) countless other applicants say this on their resumes, and (b) the phrase is pretty vague by itself.

Try to get more specific. How have you applied your communication skills? What form have they taken as duties or focus areas in your past roles? By answering these questions, you can generate more tangible keywords and phrases that help your resume stand out.


  • Led a 12-person team to more actively promote the chain’s special offers, growing sales by ~30% YoY
  • Upsold store’s take-home coffee blends and cups, consistently ranking in the top 10% for add-on revenue

Strike the right tone to describe your barista experience

For nearly any piece of regular writing, it’s important to choose language that sets and maintains a clear tone or “voice.” That rule applies equally to your job search documents. Here’s a quick overview of the voice you should aim for on each one:

  • Resume: formal, forthright
  • Cover Letter: engaged, confident
  • LinkedIn Profile: friendly, personable

To achieve a forthright voice on your resume, use simple sentences and straightforward accounts of your experience. Keep this advice in mind especially when writing your Profile section, since you may be tempted (or think you need) to use terms like “Exceptional” or “Outstanding at” when a more modest yet direct phrase like “Skilled at” is better.

Common Key Skills for Barista Resumes

One of the best ways to improve your resume is to add keywords.

That’s because most employers now use an applicant tracking system (ATS), which scans each submitted resume for keywords relevant to the job opening at hand. When the ATS finds a resume with many relevant keywords, it flags the document for the hiring manager.

To make your resume ATS-friendly, add a keyword-rich “Skills” or “Expertise” section. Here are some common keywords for barista resumes:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Cash Handling Coffee Bean & Grounds Quality Control
Coffee Order Accuracy Coffee Preparation Core Standards
Customer Relations & Service Efficiency Improvement
Food & Beverage Hygiene Food Safety & Sanitation
French Press Operation & Repair Latte Art
Milk Texturing Performance Management
Product Promotions Promotional Upselling
Sensory Cup Technology Staff Training & Development
Task Timing & Sequencing Team Collaboration
Team Management & Scheduling

Common Action Verbs for Barista Resumes

One of the most frequent resume mistakes is using too few verbs. You may repeat the same generic verb (say, “Manage”) many times or rely on passive phrases like “Responsible for” or “Accountable for.” These tendencies can distract the hiring manager and fail to show the varied nature of your experience. The following list will help you mix up the verbs on your barista resume:

Action Verbs
Brew Clean
Collaborate Create
Describe Greet
Improve Monitor
Prepare Prioritize
Process Promote
Recommend Refill
Sell Streamline

How to Align Your Resume With a Job Posting

One thing unique to most job postings is the description of the hiring company or facility. You can enhance your barista resume by tailoring it based on any details about the company that resonate with you. Follow these four steps:

Step 1: Jot down a few notes on the type of work environment you like best. For instance, you may prefer an environment that’s:

  • Collaborative
  • Customer-focused
  • Fast-paced
  • High-pressure
  • Innovative
  • Process-oriented
  • Quality-focused

Step 2: When you find a barista job posting that appeals to you, look for any details about the hiring company or its work culture.

Step 3: Compare those details against your preferred work environment, and highlight any overlap.

Step 4: Add a line or two to your Profile emphasizing that similarity. For example, say you prefer a work environment that’s customer-focused. You find a posting that says “We are a team that places customer service and satisfaction at the center of everything we do.” You can then add a Profile line such as:

  • “Thrive in customer-focused work environments.”
  • “Committed to providing top-quality customer service.”

This simple exercise can make your resume more accurately show why you’re a great fit for the role as well as why the hiring manager should call you for an interview.

More Resume and Cover Letter Resources

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that jobs for food and beverage serving and related workers will increase by about nine percent between 2021 and 2031. For more on finding opportunities in this growing field, check out the links below:

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